(Un)Civil War of Words: Media and Politics in the Arab World by Mamoun Fandy

By Mamoun Fandy

Because the warfare on terror rages, one other battleground has fast taken form and is being waged on day-by-day newscasts world wide. within the Arab global, al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya are top the struggle. yet do those information networks easily give you the information? Or, are they, as westerners suspect, instruments utilized by governments and terrorists alike to relay their message to the guy in the street as either Arab and Western leaders fight to win the hearts and minds of thousands of individuals? Fandy examines the impression that those and different information businesses have had at the battle on terror, at the Arab international, and at the relationships that Arab countries percentage with one another, in addition to these they proportion with the West.Focusing on al-Jazeera and different Arab networks, Fandy examines the conflict among the Arab global and the West during the renowned medium of tv. He explores how autocratic governments keep watch over the media on the way to defend their very own energy whereas at the same time undertaking a confrontation, with their buddies, the West, or time and again, either.

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On the eve of the revolution there were six major newspapers in Egypt. Some of these papers continued and others were shut down for political reasons. They included Al-Ahram, established in 1876 and owned by Salim and Bishara Taqla (Lebanese) and Al-Muqatam, an evening newspaper established in 1889 and shut down in 1954. Al-Muqatam was also owned by Lebanese partners (Ya’qoob Sarouf, Shaheen Makabous, and Faris Nimr). Another evening paper, Al-Balagh (1923–1953), was owned by Abdul Qader Hamza; Al-Masri (1936–1954), a morning daily, was owned by Egyptian partners, Mahmoud Abu al-Fatah, Muhamed al-Tabi’i, and Kareem Thabit.

I have interviewed many of the journalists who work there. It is also based on watching Al-Arabiya for the past two years, as well as on my participation as a frequent guest/commentator on both channels. In other words, my analysis is based on what anthropologists call “participant observation” as well as on analysis of programming and interviews with media professionals. 1 Through thick description and in-depth analysis of the political context and news coverage of Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, I will try to explore the relationship between these satellite channels and the political and social order that produced them.

The newspaper was published by the Al-’Amal party which had been allied with the banned Muslim Brotherhood since 1987. The sixmonth imprisonment of Al-Sha’ab53 journalist Abdel Sattar Abu Hussein is one of the most visible expressions of the 1994 government campaign to silence critics of the regime. ”54 According to Abu Hussein, “The news item was based on statements made National Press on the Eve of the Satellite Era 37 by the minister of defense. ” Other news organizations published the same item with no charge leveled against them.

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